OCPAC: Jason Reese, Desperate and now Irrational

++ AGENDA FOR THIS WEEK’S MEETING ++ ANNOUNCEMENTS ++ GOVERNOR FORUM-STRAW POLL AT STATE COMMITTEE MEETING ++ JASON REESE, DESPERATE AND NOW IRRATIONAL ++ TIDBITS ++ AGENDA FOR THIS WEEK’S MEETING Our 12 noon luncheon for Wednesday, June 30th will be held at Italiano’s restaurant, 4801 North Lincoln in OKC. Invited to appear before us this Wednesday, will be David Holt and Matt Jackson, the Republican candidates running to replace the term limited Senate President Pro- Tem, Glen Coffee. The district covers parts of Bethany, Warr Acres and points North in OKC. In addition Bob Barnett, Bob Bradway and Rob Johnson (Bob, Bob & Rob) have also been invited to appear as they are running for the term limited senate seat, currently held by Senator Mike Johnson. All members present having their dues paid as of June 16th will be given a ballot to determine which candidate in each of these races we will endorse. Of course “no endorsement” is always on the ballot as an option. ++ ANNOUNCEMENTS ** MONDAY - MUSTANG AREA - Americans For Fair Taxation are sponsoring a meeting this Monday evening, 7:00 p.m. at the Mustang Community Center. Don’t be misled by recent news stories. Learn the true details of this federal sales tax proposal which: 1) eliminates all federal income withholding taxes, 2) eliminates all FICA taxes including employer contributions, 3) gives you control of 100% of your paycheck, 4) abolishes the IRS, 5) eliminates all corporate and self- employment taxes, 6) eliminates all gift, estate, and capital gains taxes, 7) restores financial privacy to all citizens, 8) ensures social security funding, and replaces all federal government revenues with a national sales tax on ONLY new goods and services at the retail level. For more information call (405) 392-4324 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (405) 392-4324      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or (405) 517-7245 or www.OKFairTax.org . ** THURSDAY - TULSA AREA - Oklahomans For Sovereignty and Free Enterprise (OK-SAFE) will have their regular monthly Action Forum meeting this Thursday evening, 6:45 p.m. at the Hardesty Regional Library, 93rd and South Memorial in Tulsa. They will review the 2010 legislative session, discuss some of the ramifications regarding “The Smart Grid”, and HB 3028, the Oklahoma Energy Security Act. There is a question as to its relationship to the 2008 bailout. Conservative activists and Constitutionalists are encouraged to attend. ** JULY 6TH - ADA AREA - The Ada Tea Party number 8 will be held one week from this Tuesday, more on this next week. ** JULY 8TH - OKC AREA - There will be a homecoming celebration for Miss Emoly West, the newly crowned Miss Oklahoma. There will be no cost to attend, but a $10 contribution to the Children’s Miracle Network is requested if you would like to have your picture taken with Emoly. More on this next week. ** JULY 9TH & 10TH - YUKON - The fifth annual Reclaiming Oklahoma (now America) For Christ Conference will be held at Trinity Baptist Church in Yukon, 600 N Cemetery Road (exit I-40 at Garth Brooks Blvd and go 1 mile South). Friday evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday morning will begin at 8:30 AM. The one person Glen Beck has had on his program more lately than any other person is David Barton of the Wallbuilders Ministry out of Aledo Texas. David will be speaking 3 times between Friday evening and Saturday morning. Another speaker will be Ken Ham, founder and director of the Answers In Genesis ministry. Ken may be doing more to bring people back to an understanding of the importance of inerrancy of the Scriptures and why you can have confidence in their reliability of than almost any other person in America. He persevered against strong opposition to build the new Creation Museum in Northern Kentucky. I believe there have been over 1 million people tour the world class museum in the approximate 3 years since it has been open. Also speaking will be culture warrior Rick Scarborough of Vision America and Bailey Smith of the Bailey Smith Ministries. There is NO admission to attend, but a love offering will be taken. The past 4 years the conference has been held in the Hardeman Auditorium on the campus of Oklahoma Christian. We were near capacity last year so it has been moved to Trinity as their new auditorium will seat nearly 200 more people. With stadium seating, it is really comfortable. For more information log on to www.reclaimamericaforchrist.org or call (405) 796-PRAY. ** JULY 10TH - LAWTON AREA - There will be a candidate forum on Saturday, July 10th from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Great Plains Technology Center (Bldg 100), 4500 SW Lee Blvd in Lawton. Candidates for National, State, County and local offices have been invited to speak. Several have already confirmed. Attend so you can find out for yourself where they stand on Healthcare, REAL ID, the economy, national defense and other issues. You will be allowed to ask questions and get answers. ++ GOVERNOR FORUM-STRAW POLL AT STATE COMMITTEE MEETING I attended the state committee meeting this past Wednesday and want to congratulate Matt Pinnell for his election as the new State Chairman of the Republican party. Following the meeting folks attending the luncheon got to see something rare for this election cycle. That was U.S. Representative Mary Fallin showing up for a candidate forum as she has been ducking, weaving and hiding from these kind of events and for good reason. Senator Randy Brogdon had one of those rare opportunities to reveal the distinctions between Mary and himself and he has to be elated with the results. The majority of the state committee is made up of establishment Republicans, but they handed Senator Brogdon a huge victory as he obtained 54% of the vote to Mary’s 42%. Robert Hubbard came in 3rd with 3% and Roger Jackson received 1% of the vote. One of the most amazing aspects of the event was the fact that Mary obviously made a huge effort to get her people to wear her Fallin T-shirts and attend the event. The majority of the Brogdon volunteers were attending the block party at the Ford Center where Senator Brogdon spoke prior to the luncheon. Randy also got to have some fun as he introduced “Joe the Plummer” to the crowd. By the way, OCPAC had a table outside and one inside the Ford Center for the Beck event. I peeked into the auditorium during a slow time at the table and it looked like 6 to 8 thousand people in attendance. Everyone I talked with after it was over seemed to really enjoy themselves. One of the frustrating features of this governor’s race for people who care about issues is the inability to find out what Mary stands for other than the usual pink, puff and piffle that is found on web-sites and campaign literature of candidates who want to play it safe, depend on their high name ID and huge campaign war chest. However, last week Mary addressed the Edmond Republican Women’s club. As a result, the front page article in the Edmond Sun had a couple of important tidbits if you know what to look for. First, Mary said she was happy the Legislature had passed legislation to move the State Medical Examiners office to be in close proximity to UCO. She indicated, “The challenge ahead of us as a state will be how to fund that move and how to fund the facility itself that’s estimated to be about $30 million,”… The ME’s office will remain on the Undiversity of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center campus until lawmakers find a way to pay for the state BOND issue. Now folks, please understand, if it is best for the citizens of Oklahoma to move the ME’s office to Edmond I am all for doing so. However, I am so opposed to these bond issues which add to our state’s indebtedness and require ever larger amounts of tax dollars to re-pay. In addition, once the interest is paid back it usually doubles the cost of the project. If this is a high priority, then the state should set it as a priority. That might mean cutting back expenses in some areas or having government completely get out of areas which the private sector should be doing if the market demands so funds can be freed up for such a project. Huge sums of current tax dollars must now be used to pay back bonded indebtedness, incurred by past projects like this or others with much less value. It is sad to see that Mary is contemplating supporting and increase in our state’s debt. Mary also revealed her shallowness regarding education as she said: “We’ve got to focus on education to keep our children in the state of Oklahoma.” Truth is, about this time of the year, a number of our Oklahoma children, of whom we have focused on educating, leave the state, sometimes for opportunities elsewhere not available here, but most generally because they WANT to leave the state to experience living in another place, they want to experience something different. In many of these cases, these same young people return to Oklahoma in either a short time or later in life. That is called liberty to do what one wants, it is the free market and Mary or no other politician will or should try to prevent that from happening. Another worn out phrase, she used regarding education went like this: “I support quality education,” “One of my main focuses in my platform for governor will be improving education, having more accountability, more standards, more parental involvement in education, and also working toward strengthening the core curriculum.” This tired old Republican dribble reminded me of an article I wrote in the Oklahoma Constitution Newspaper in the Winter edition of 2003. The article was titled: “Have Oklahoma Republicans Become the Best Friend of the OEA Union? I in particular took on 3 people in the article. Republican chairman Gary Jones, Lt. Governor Mary Fallin and Jim Williamson who had just been selected at the new minority leader in the Senate. Fallin, Jones and Williamson were the front men, the talking heads for the Republican strategy called “fund education first.” I was particularly harsh on Williamson who said: “Its time for us to stop talking and start acting to give Oklahoma’s children the first class, grade A education they deserve by funding education first.” My response to Senator Williams was: “Give me a break, does this guy really think spending more money on education will produce a ‘first class, grade-A education?” My article was so stinging, that I, along with Steve Byas and Ron McWhirter, the later two are the owners of the paper were invited to meet with several leaders so we could talk about the issue. Ron and I met with the leadership. As it turned out, Oklahoma revenues were still down as a result of the recession which began in 2000 and was exacerbated by the attack on the World Trade Center. Therefore, the “fund education first” verbiage was in my opinion simply strategy to get out in front of the Democrats who were in power at the time from having an excuse to try and pass a “temporary” state wide one penny sales tax increase. I think my opinion is correct as the “fund education first” verbiage has not been followed since and is only brought up on occasion by the Democrats who are now out of power. That verbiage was superficial at that time, just like Mary’s verbiage is now. Let me ask this question, how does government force parents to become more involved in their children’s education? We can set higher standards all day long and demand more core curriculum all we want, but until we solve the problems which prevent the children from achieving those higher standards, until we re-establish discipline and respect in the schools and until we get rid of political correctness, revisionist history, and poor methods of teaching reading and math, we can set the standards higher until the cows come home and it won’t do a bit of good. Most importantly, until we reinstate teaching values and character based on Judeo/Christian principles, we will continue to struggle in producing a quality culture. Fellow Republicans, Mary plays it safe, as evidenced by her reluctance to show up at forums and debates. Elect her if you want, but know this, she will not support real change if it has any political risk to her or future majorities for the party. She thinks and acts inside the box. She WILL NOT be a game changer, she will pick around the edges with minor reforms, whether it be in education or tax reforms. She’ll not likely take a chance on upsetting the education industry with real reforms which need to occur in primary, secondary, technology centers and higher education. When it comes to re-structuring our taxes to be more business friendly and reducing the size of government necessary to accomplish such, she will not be the person to get that job done. The only viable candidate to have a chance to get those jobs done is Randy Brogdon! ++ JASON REESE, DESPARATE AND NOW IRRATIONAL Reese was the first Republican candidate in the state to announce his intentions to run for a state wide office, that being for the spot of State Labor Commissioner. After over a year of campaigning, not able to raise sufficient money for a state wide race, and as of the most recent ethics report, only having a little over $600 in the bank, he has finally resorted to desperate attacks against front runner Mark Costello. Mark is a very successful businessman who is quite capable of funding his own campaign and thinks special interest groups and their hordes of lobbyists are such a corrupting influence, the he has pledged not to take contributions from such. He will not even take a contribution from OCPAC even though we are not a single interest PAC and we do not employee any lobbyists. Mark Costello’s passion for the free market form of capitalism and efficiency in government has him so effectively conveying his message to voters that he has surged ahead of Reese. Mr. Costello recently released his plan to merge some agencies, as Frank Keeting and more recently Chris Benge have suggested. I am sure Mark has drawn on their ideas, along with those of the recently deceased Tim Pope who wanted to abolish the labor department and merge its duties into other agencies. I am also sure Mark infused his own ideas into his plan, but Jason Reese has accused Mark of plagiarism. Accusing Mark of such is like a candidate who creates a push card and then accuses every other candidate who creates a push card of plagiarism. Drop by our Wednesday meeting sometime and look at the 20 or so push cards on our tables and you see that they all look very similar. The pictures change, sometimes the colors are different and sometimes the message is a little different, but often they are very similar. Is that plagiarism? Of course not, perhaps Mr. Reese will learn the definition of the word some day through some sort of a continuing education course for lawyers. It is sad to see how irrational a candidate becomes when he resorts to desperation. He issued a press release last week not only blasting Mark Costello, but he also took a swipe at the members of OCPAC. Referring to Mark he said: “He and his extremist allies in the Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee (OCPAC) have repeatedly and very publicly attacked me as somehow less than Republican for merely suggesting common sense reforms to our immigration laws…”. Reese came to our interview process in hopes of receiving our endorsement, was treated very respectful and even received 4 votes from our members. The other candidate not winning our endorsement was State Representative Tad Jones, who called me after the debate to thank me for the opportunity and commended us on how fair the process went. Now Reese paints with a broad brush and calls the members of OCPAC extremists. Jason reminds me of a person who went out on a date and then goes berserk because they aren’t asked out on a second date. We may seem like extremists to Jason because most of the people who attend OCPAC would fit on a political spectrum as Constitutional moderates, about the same position as our founding fathers. Reese is much more liberal, as evidenced by his early and out front support of John McCain. Support, not as the result of McCain becoming the nominee, but from the beginning. I would speculate that Reese’s support for McCain’s was because of his push for amnesty for illegal aliens. Mr. Reese, has been an immigration attorney, and as such has written about his opposition to HB 1804, the legislation for the State of Oklahoma to deal with illegal aliens. What he wrote and said in public for his reasoning during the debate on 1804 was different from the reasons he gives today for his opposition to the legislation. Bottom line, Mr. Reese is a Republican, but not particularly conservative. I don’t believe he cared much for conservatives. He is way too immature to be elected to an important office such as Labor Commissioner as he is not able to understand that when people chose one candidate over another based on issues, it is not personal, just political. However, I do want to thank him for putting the Reese’s peanut butter cups on every chair at the state committee meeting last Saturday, it is my favorite candy it was so good. ++ TIDBITS ** BETHANY SUPPORTS ARIZONA Week before last, the city of Bethany passed a resolution supporting the state of Arizona for their efforts to crack down on the massive number of illegal aliens in their state and all the problems that comes with such. The resolution will be sent to the Governor and leaders in the legislature to encourage them in their efforts. I don’t live in a city limits, but for those of you who do, why don’t you give your city councilman and mayor a call and ask them to follow the leadership of Bethany? ** 5TH DISTRICT FORUM OUTCOME I attended the 5th district forum last Friday and thought the outcome had some interesting results. The crowd was huge, perhaps over 300 people in attendance and of course it was broadcast live on KTOK. I believe all the candidates did well in their presentations, though there are some real differences between these candidates. It was not surprising that Kevin Calvey won and his 47% showing was very strong. James Lankford came in second with 33% and is clearly the other candidate with momentum. Mike Thompson had to be disappointed with his distant 3rd place showing as he received only 8% of the vote. In the same week that the Democrat Barry Switzer held a fund raiser for Shane Jett, he only received 6% of the vote in the straw poll. Right on his heels, Rick Flanigan, the non politician statesman, received 5% and the newcomer to the race, Mr. Harry Johnson received 1%. The biggest shocker was that Dr. Johnny Roy didn’t receive one single vote. Dr. Roy has some support in the Edmond area, but it appears starting early and having great radio adds may not be the difference he needs to do better in the race today over 4 years ago. Congratulations to Kevin for his strong showing. Kevin has been endorsed by the members of OCPAC. ** CELEBRATE THE SIGNING OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE Regardless of where and how you celebrate the 234th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence this coming Sunday, July 4th, may you do so with the reason for the celebration in mind. The Declaration is the philosophical basis upon which the Constitution sets. It is like the first course of masonry or a stem wall upon which a building is constructed. Of course the Declaration sits upon the “foundation” that bedrock of Judeo/Christian principles. Those are the things that made this nation great and only a return to this order will save this nation. ** OCPAC MEMBERSHIP UPDATE We have now surpassed 250 dues paying members, breaking our previous record of 217 dues paying members. All I can say is thanks so much for your support as we work to make Oklahoma a more conservative state and of course a much better state. If you have not joined as yet and would like to do so, please follow the instructions below. Charlie Meadows Charliemeadows7@gmail.com